How to Apply

Vacation Scheme – Easter 2020

To apply for a space in our vacation scheme in Easter 2020 please see the timetable below. During the vacation scheme there will be an opportunity to secure a training contract starting in September 2022.

  • Application form goes live: 1 November 2019 (Please click here to fill in the application form)
  • Application window closes: 31 January 2020
  • Vacation Scheme dates:  April 2020 (each scheme lasts 5 days)

Summer Assessment – August 2020

To apply for a Trainee Solicitor position to start in September 2022 via our summer recruitment process please see the timetable below.

  • Application form goes live: 1 November 2019 (Please click here to fill in the application form)
  • Application window closes: 31 July 2020 (midday)
  • Interview and Assessment Centre: August 2020
  • Start of Traineeship with Memery Crystal: September 2022

Please scroll down for a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the application process.

"Quite a lot of the recruitment exercises we do are not only designed to test pure legal intelligence, but also a candidate's understanding of why the law is the way it is. If you understand why, you are able to explain the law in a business context."

Head of Graduate Recruitment

Where do I find the Application Form?

If you like what you have seen so far, and fulfil our minimum requirements, then in the first instance you need to complete our on-line application form. Click here to fill out the Memery Crystal application form. Once you have completed this, you will hear from us shortly after the closing date as to whether you have been selected for a first interview.

Do you have a Minimum Criteria?

Memery Crystal are looking to recruit high calibre candidates. We have set minimum criteria for potential applicants based on academic achievements: you should have gained very good results at GCSE or its equivalent, have no less than 128 UCAS points (or their equivalent, this is 320 UCAS points in the old tariff) at one sitting and a 2:1 degree at university (or be on course for a 2:1 degree). We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are commercially minded
  • Are ambitious, driven and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take on responsibility.

Will Memery Crystal accept applications for those who gained a 2:2 at university?

We will only consider application forms with an overall 2:2 grade at university if there are mitigating circumstances.

Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?

We do not currently have a sponsorship licence, so whilst you are welcome to apply, we would not be able to sponsor you through a training contract.

On average, how many applications do you receive each year?

On average we receive over 400 applications a year.

How many candidates are selected for interview?

Each application form is read by a member of HR and at least one Partner and fee-earner. We invite around 35 candidates to the first stage interview for both the vacation scheme and summer graduate recruitment.

What happens after the first interview?

Summer Recruitment:

Successful candidates will be invited back for an assessment centre with a mix of formal assessments, work shadowing with trainees and social events. The aim of the assessment centre is to find out as much as we can about you and for you to find out about us! This will be followed by a formal interview by two Partners.

Vacation Scheme:

Successful candidates will be invited to partake in our vacation scheme.  Over the course of the 5 days you will take part in a group and individual exercise. For those who have successfully completed the tasks, you will be invited to attend a formal interview with Partners which will take place after the vacation scheme.

When will I find out if I have been offered a training contract?

During the summer recruitment process, offers will be made following the final Partner interviews at the end of August/ beginning of September. For the vacation scheme, offers will be made within two weeks of the final interview process with the Partners.  But this isn’t goodbye until your start your training contract, we like to keep in contact with our future trainees and will invite you to our Christmas and Summer parties, giving you the opportunity to meet more of us before you become one of the team.

Will the firm pay for my LPC fees?

Yes, the firm sponsors both the GDL and LPC fees through the University of Law only.

I applied for a trainee contract last year, am I able to reapply this year?

Candidates may reapply if they feel that  significant achievements in the past year have added to the strength of their application. Unfortunately if you have already been interviewed by Memery Crystal we will not be able to reconsider your application.